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    Junior High Boys Split Games With Quinter

    The junior high boys split their basketball games with the visiting Quinter Bulldogs on Monday, November 20. The St. Francis B-team won their contest 55-30, but the A-team was defeated by Quinter 16-56. In a 10-minute C-team contest,  St. Francis was defeated 0-13.

    In A-team action, St. Francis struggled to score in the first half and fell behind by a large margin. Preston Witzel's drive tied the contest at 2-all early in the contest, but it was the only basket the Indians would earn in the first half. St. Francis trailed 2-33 at halftime.

    Witzel's next basket, mid-way through the 3rd period moved the scoreboard to 4-39 and soon was followed by a left-wing trey by Ben Busse advancing the score to 7-41. St. Francis added 9 more points throughout the second half eventually losing 16-56.

    St. Francis received 9 points from Preston Witzel in the contest. Ben Busse added 7. Quinter was led by Kyler Johnson with 17, Trent Riedel with 15, and Eli Gruenbacher with 13.

    St. Francis controlled the B-team contest from the outset. The Indians jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter lead and led 38-15 at halftime. The Indians extended their lead to 20 points by the 3rd period break (45-25) and defeated the Bulldogs 55-30. 

    Preston Witzel scored 25 points in the contest and Ben Busse added 24. Jordan Smull drained a couple treys to chip in 6 points. Quinter was led by Brady Albin with 8, Preston Havlas with 6, and Braden Polifka with 6.

    The Indians will play Cheylin on Tuesday, November 8, in St. Francis.

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  • Sagebrush Tournament Information

    The 2017 Sagebrush Classic Basketball Tournament will be held in Brewster on December 4th, 8th, and 9th. Eight teams will be completing in the tournament including Cheylin, Golden Plains, Heartland Christian, Logan, St. Francis, Triplains-Brewster, Wichita County, and Weskan (Heartland Christian will not have a girls team competing.). Teams were seeded last year using the 2016 rankings of the boys and girls teams. The St. Francis Lady Indians will play in the North Gym vs Wichita County on Monday, December 4th, at 6:00 p.m.. The Indians will play Heartland Christian in the South Gym at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

    The semi-finals of the tournament will be held on Friday, December 8th. The finals will be played on Saturday, December 9th. Game times and opponents will be determined by the results of prior games. Click here to view the tournament brackets.

    Each competing team will have a entrant in the free-throw and 3-point shooting contest. Representatives in the free-throw contest will shoot their first round of free-throws (25) before their first game on Monday with the top two qualifiers shooting 25 more on Saturday just before the girls' championship game. The 3-point contest will be held on Friday between the second and third games. Each team representative will shoot 25 shots from 5 different locations with a time-limit of 1 minute. The top two qualifiers will advance to compete in the finals held prior to the girls' championship game on Saturday.

    An All-Tournament Team (five players) will be announced after each respective championship game.

    Concessions will be available with proceeds going to the Brewster Junior Class. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. No passes will be accepted.

    Go Indians and Lady Indians!

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    B Team Boys Win in Dighton

    The junior high boys basketball teams traveled to Dighton on Thursday, November 16, to play the Hornets. The teams returned with one victory. The B team defeated Dighton in an exciting game 30-26. The A team boys lost to the Hornets 12-47. The C team boys battled Dighton to a 1-1 tie in a 10-minute running-clock contest.

    In the A team game, St. Francis failed to score in the first period. Dighton scored 20 in the period; mostly from close range. In the second period, St. Francis received two treys from Preston Witzel and a free-throw from Ben Busse to trail 7-30 at halftime. 

    The Indians did not score in the third period, and Dighton extended their lead to 7-41. In the fourth period, the Indians earned two free-throws by Witzel and a trey by Jordan Smull. The Indians lost to a good Dighton team 12-47.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Preston Witzel with 8 points.  Jordan Smull added 3 and Ben Busse 2. Dighton was led by Bauer with 24 (14 in the 1st period and 8 in the 2nd period).

    St. Francis won a close B team contest 30-26. Preston Witzel and Ben Busse scored all of the points for St. Francis.

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  • Winter Sports Practices Underway

    November 13 was the first day winter sports practice as mandated by the Kansas High School Activities Association. St. Francis teams have begun preparing for the upcoming winter sports seasons in three high school sports and the days of competition will soon be here. The basketball teams will open competition on Friday, December 1, when the teams play Quinter in St. Francis. The wrestling team will open competition on Saturday, December 2, when the Indians host the St. Francis Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    The girls basketball team has eleven team members this season. The team will be coached by Shaylinn Zweygardt and Matt Bandel. Serving as managers for the team will be Matthisen Witzel and Cassidy Busse. Team members include:  Seniors - Reagan Beims, Hanna Bracelin, Emileigh Dinkel, and Jylian Laten; Juniors - Lauren Johnson and Lindsey Johnson; Sophomores - Karly Bandel, Alondra Gomez, Taighe Weeter, and Hannah Zimbal; Freshman - Emma Johnson.

    The boys basketball team has twenty-two members. The Indians will be coached by Cory Busse and Devin Dinkel. Team members include:  Seniors - Tate Busse, Jake Faulkender, Wyatt Hackler, and Dalton Straub; Juniors - Wyatt Hilt, Draven Houtman, Richard Johnson, Connor Keller, K. C. Krien, Bryce Raby, Jordan Raby, and Tayton Weeter; Sophomores - Brady Dinkel and Isaiah Lee; Freshmen - Jesse Baxter, Rylan Doyle, Doyle Easter, Jasper Hunt, Adam Krien, Cutler Mayer, Colton Neitzel, Brady Schoenrogge, and Kobe Tice.

    Ten athletes have reported for high school wrestling practice. They include:  Seniors - Trayton Doyle and Luin Norris; Juniors - Cody Baxter and Tiernan Poling; Sophomores - Seth Hilt, Aaron White, and Perla Yanez; Freshmen - Shadryon Blanka, Garin Cooper, and Tyson Poling. Audrey Meyer will serve as team manager. The wrestling team will be coached by Dylan Loyd and Kyle Buffington.

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  • Kansas Communities That Care Survey

    Attention Parents and Students in Grades 6, 8, 10, & 12


    Kansas Communities That Care Survey


    As part of the new Kansas Educational Systems Accreditation (KESA) system USD 297 is choosing to implement Social Emotional Learning curricula at all grade levels beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.  Part of the process involves screening our students for factors related to social emotional health.  A tool that is highly recommended as a screener is called the Kansas Communities That Care survey.  The data collected from this anonymous survey are used for various purposes throughout our state, and will be used by local staff to recognize  trouble areas and to determine how to most appropriately help our students.  More information can be found at this link:  http://kctcdata.org/


    On December 13, 2017, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in St. Francis will participate in the online survey.  We ask that parents complete and return the required permission form on or before December 8.  Even if you do not want your student to participate in the survey, we ask that you return the form with the appropriate box checked with your signature and date.


    The more students that participate in the survey, the more accurate our results will be.  We care about our students and want to provide for their needs as much as possible. 


    Permission forms and an Information for Parent document will be sent home with all students.  If your student(s) does not bring the forms home, click on the links below and print a copy for yourself.  Students will be directed where to turn in forms, or parents may drop them off at the high school office.

    English Permission Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-t_XnwyLeWR5yPsdsKkrmeDfUeOjD5Q7gsWMhixmLPE/edit?usp=sharing

    Spanish Permission Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K1e4pYKHU5uQqlKmV4-UaW0MxxSNTW18wnd6Hmu5x1M/edit?usp=sharing

    English Information for Parent: http://kctcdata.org/Documents/2016/KCTC%20Information%20for%20Parents.pdf

    Spanish Information for Parent: http://kctcdata.org/Documents/2016/KCTC%20Information%20for%20Parents%20-Spanish.pdf

    Thank you for helping us with this process.  We are confident we will gain valuable insight into our students’ needs.




    Mr. Schiltz

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  • Drama Class to Present Double Feature


    This year's SFCHS Drama Production is offering a double feature! The Drama Class will present two one-act plays on two dates in December. The opportunities to see this year's Drama Production are Sunday, December 10, at 3:30 p.m. and Monday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m. Performances will be held in the St. Francis High School Auditorium. Your support of the arts at SFCHS is sincerely appreciated.

    The two plays being presented are Trifles and '65 Mustang. Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a murder mystery of sorts, but more of a social commentary play written in 1916. It will most likely cause some controversy and some conversation. At least we hope it will.

    The second play, '65 Mustang by Burton Bumgarner, is a lighter look at life, told via the evolutions of a 1965 Mustang and the people who possess it over a forty year time span. (As an inside, I am fully aware that the car on the posters is not a '65 Mustang. We bought the posters from the script company. It bothers me, too.)

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  • Lip Sync and Talent Contest Approaching

    The St. Francis Music Department is hosting a Lip Sync and Talent Contest on December 18 in the High School Auditorium. Entries are being requested for the program. If you are interested in entering the contest, pick up a bight pink entry form in the High School Office window or in Mrs. Morrow's music room. Cost of entry is $5.

    The contest will have four categories. The categories are:  Junior High Talent, Junior High Lip Sync, High School Talent, and High School Lip Sync. Plans are to award prizes to the top three performances in each category. Students and faculty of St. Francis Jr.-Sr. High School are eligible to enter.

    Plan YOUR entry now and join the fun!  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Morrow.

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  • Students Selected for District Honor Choir

    Several St. Francis High School music students were recently selected to participate in District Honor Band and Choir. The following student-musicians were chosen to perform with the KMEA Northwest Kansas District High School Honor Ensembles:

    Chosen by audition for the band:  Nick Paulsen (8th chair trumpet) and Jessica Confer (9th chair trumpet).

    Chosen by audition for the choir:  Soprano April Fernandez, altos Echoe Lennox and Audrey Meyer, tenor Alex Queen, and low bass Doyle Easter.

    The students will participate in a clinic and then perform in concert on Saturday, December 2, at Fort Hays State University, in the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center.


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